This photo taken June 6, 2012 and provided by the Defense Department shows a student pilot and sensor operator man the controls of a MQ-9 Reaper in a ground-based cockpit during a train

 

              This photo taken June 6, 2012 and provided by the Defense Department shows a student pilot and sensor operator man the controls of a MQ-9 Reaper in a ground-based cockpit during a train
This photo taken June 6, 2012 and provided by the Defense Department shows a student pilot and sensor operator man the controls of a MQ-9 Reaper in a ground-based cockpit during a training mission flown from Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, New York. At the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, becoming a fighter pilot is still a hotly coveted goal. But slowly, a culture change is taking hold. Initially snubbed as second-class pilot-wannabes, the airmen that remotely control America's arsenal of lethal drones are gaining stature and securing a permanent place in the Air Force. (AP Photo/TSgt Ricky Best, Defense Department)